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Good Food, Bad Food: Agriculture, Ethics, and Personal Choice

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  4/22/2015

Kristy Athens Oregon boasts a multibillion-dollar agricultural economy that includes both industrial agriculture and small-scale efforts such as community-supported agriculture memberships, farmers markets, and community gardens. These smaller, community-based efforts are on the rise as a means to nurture community and create local and autonomous food systems. Are these choices as consequential as consumers would like them to be? Does “voting with your dollars” significantly shape our agricultural systems? This is the focus of “Good Food, Bad Food: Agriculture, Ethics, and Personal Choice,” a free conversation with Kristy Athens on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the East Bend Library. This program is hosted by Deschutes Public Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Athens is the author of Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living. In 2014, she received an Oregon Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts. She will complete an MS in food systems and society from Marylhurst University in June 2015. She lives in Wallowa County, Oregon, where she works at theNE Oregon Economic Development District as outreach specialist.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. Oregon Humanities (813 SW Alder St, #702; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas to change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032,

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